Because of the sheer size of floor space that a carpet typically occupies, modern rugs present a major opportunity to add both visual and practical value to a room. Practically speaking, contemporary rugs offer bare feet refuge from a hard or cold floor, act as natural sound absorbers, and even make for casual seating, if the need arises. For these reasons, and more, selecting contemporary rugs for your home can be both challenging and fun, and while the choices may be overwhelming, keeping your eye on some key elements will help you purchase modern rugs that are practical, enduring and beautiful.
There are no hard and fast rules for settling on one rug size over another, but there are some blunders, both esthetic and practical, to avoid—a rug that’s too small to offer any practical use, or one so overwhelming as to dwarf everything else in a room, for instance. To be safe, always begin with asking yourself practical questions about what you expect from your rugs. In which room will your modern rugs reside, and how much traffic does each room get? Are you looking for statement designer rugs, or prefer striking, understated elegance? Do you want contemporary rugs that take up the majority of the floor space in a room, or act as accent pieces only? Because rugs, like furniture, are not a one-size-fits-all proposition, these key questions will help drive both the size, material, and looks of the modern area rugs on which you ultimately settle.
Contemporary area rugs are available in a slew of materials, ranging from natural fibers to state-of-the-art synthetic materials, but the carpet material best suited to your needs will depend on how and where you intend to use your designer rugs—and, of course, what your budget is. Contemporary rugs made from natural fibers—like wool, jute and seagrass, for instance—add texture and variety to a space, but may not be entirely practical for high-trafficked areas where dirt and grime may quickly accumulate. A one-of-a-kind, hand made rug may be expensive, but work beautifully in a master bedroom where general traffic is minimal, and professional cleaning is rarely required. Synthetic materials may not have the cache of natural fibers, but today’s range of contemporary area rugs include man-made materials that feel plush and luxurious under foot, in addition to offering beautiful motifs and easy maintenance—making them ideal for a child’s room or casual living areas.
Depending on how you choose to use them, modern rugs have the potential to change the entire look and ambience of a room. Today’s contemporary rug designs are more inventive and artful than ever, and can turn an otherwise ordinary space into an exceptionally stylish one. A modern rug may also delineate and define internal space, anchoring the overall design scheme of a room, and offering visual boundaries in an open plan living arrangement. Ultimately, though, whether understated or emphatic, modern rugs make undeniably arresting design statements, drawing the eye and unifying a room in a singular way. Don’t think of your modern rug selections as last-minute entries into a room’s design, but as essential to your space as modern furniture, lighting, and accent pieces